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Finding Your Voice: You are Your Best Advocate

Updated: Jul 6

Can we talk? Midlife can be a whirlwind. Between juggling work, relationships, and (hello!) the joys of menopause, advocating for ourselves can feel like a forgotten superpower. But guess what? You deserve to feel seen, heard and understood. We haven't lost our voices – we just need to fine-tune them for this dynamic new chapter.

Relationships: Setting Boundaries with Grace

We've spent years nurturing others, but sometimes, our needs get lost in the shuffle. Here's how to be seen and heard:

  • Know Your Limits: Identify what drains you and what energizes you. Is it that constant "friend dumping" of emotional baggage? Maybe endless social obligations? Once you know your limits, it's easier to communicate them.

  • The Art of "No": This two-letter word is powerful! Don't feel obligated to say yes to everything. "No, thank you, I need some downtime this weekend" is perfectly acceptable. Here are 9 tips to help you say "NO" without guilt.

  • Express Your Needs: Open and honest communication is key. Let your partner or friend know what you need, whether it's more quality time, a helping hand with chores, or simply some quiet space.

Work: Owning Your Expertise

We've spent years honing our skills, but sometimes, that raise doesn't come knocking. Let's change that!

  • Document Your Achievements: Keep a running record of your accomplishments. This goldmine of evidence comes in handy during performance reviews or salary negotiations.

  • Negotiate with Confidence: Do your research! Know your worth based on experience and industry standards. Practice your negotiation points beforehand, and enter the conversation with a confident demeanor.

  • Find Your Tribe: Connect with other women in your field. Share experiences, offer support, and learn from each other.

Menopause: Seeking Help Without Shame

Menopause is a natural transition, but it can wreak havoc on our bodies and minds. Don't be afraid to seek help!

  • Talk to Your Doctor: Don't suffer in silence. There are a variety of treatment options available, and your doctor can help you find the right fit for your needs. *Not all doctors are up to date on the latest research. Let me know if you need names or resources for finding a doctor that has.

  • Educate Yourself: Knowledge is power. Research menopause and its symptoms. This can help you manage them better and feel more in control.

  • Connect with Other Women: There's comfort in knowing you're not alone. Join online communities or support groups specifically for women experiencing menopause. "Demystifying Menopause" community will begin in September, stay tuned!

Remember, friend, you are worthy of being seen, heard, and understood. Embrace your voice, advocate for your needs, and rock this amazing chapter of your life!

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Share this to a woman you know between the ages of 35-60. Let her know she is not alone and has someone on their side.

I'm here for you, Erin

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